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11 incredible foundations for darker skin tones

Because nude make-up isn't a one size fits all sort of situation

By Natalie Kumah  April 16th, 2018

As a darker-skinned woman, it can be a difficult task trying to find the right foundations for darker skin tones. Not only do you have to find a brand that stocks your shade, you also need to ensure the brand has the right undertone and more than one variation of caramel or cocoa. Thankfully, there are some brands out there who cater for all shades of women’s skin with foundations for every skin tone that also offer a wide range of undertones. So you can wave that ashy foundation goodbye

Check out the best foundations for darker skin tones right here

fenty beauty

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $50 at Sephora

Now legendary in the beauty world, Rihanna’s vast 40-wide range of foundation shades changed the game for women of colour and make-up. High coverage with a matte finish, find your perfect shade match via the four skin undertone groups.

Kat Von D Lok

Kat Von D Lock It Liquid Foundation, $49.00 at Sephora

If you love full coverage this is the foundation for you. This foundation gives you a flawless base covering any dark marks or hyper pigmentation you may have, just remember — a little goes a VERY long way.


NARS sheer glow foundation, $68 at Mecca

NARS Sheer Glow is a lightweight foundation with sheer to medium coverage with claims of many skincare benefits, perfect for oily/combination skin whilst also giving you a gorgeous glow.

Estee Lauder

Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, $58 at Estée Lauder

Possibly one of the most raved-about foundations for darker skin tones right now, and for good reason. This foundation is perfect if you suffer from oily/combination skin and the medium to full coverage it provides also means it’s great for a night out.


Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, $63 at Beauty Bay

Whilst not holding a fantastically huge range of shades for dark skin, Illamasqua does offer a few deeper foundations. SB 18 is their deepest shade, another foundation ideal for a deeper, richer skin tone. Skin Base is medium to full coverage making it a good base for nights out and coverage of dark marks.

Bobbi Brown